NEW YORK (CBS/AP) As Tiger Woods works to repair his scratched face and ruined car after a Nov. 27 car accident outside his Ilseworth, Fla. home, the golf great is also working to repair his image amidst tabloid-fueled rumors that the crash, now being investigated by police, occurred after his wife discovered an alleged affair with party promoter and Sept. 11 mourner Rachel Uchitel.
"Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible," Woods said in a statement released on his Web site.
For her part, Uchitel denied the affair outright to the Associated Press.
She also told Blackbook Magazine, "I don't appreciate my name or what people think of me being dragged through the mud by people who don't even bother to research what or who they're talking about."
"I totally deny the Enquirer story," she told the magazine.
In a story published last week, the National Enquirer alleged that Woods had been seeing a New York nightclub hostess, and that they recently were together in Melbourne, where Woods competed in the Australian Masters.
Woods remained hunkered down at home in an exclusive gated community outside Orlando. He was scheduled to compete at the Chevron World Challenge, which starts Thursday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The tournament director, however, did not know whether Woods would play or even attend.
Woods has refused to meet with police who went to his home for a third day but were rebuffed.
Meanwhile, Uchitel, a well-respected nightlife promoter whose fiance died in Sept. 11, travelled to California to meet with her new lawyer, Gloria Allred.
"At some point we will decide what the next step will be, we've got nothing else to say today," Allred told reporters at Los Angeles airport.
Police are still hoping to gain a better understanding of what exactly transpired last Friday.
In a 911 call released by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) on Sunday, an unidentified neighbor told the dispatcher, "I have a neighbor, he hit the tree. And we came out here just to see what was going on. I see him and he's laying down."
According to an FHP accident report, Woods had just pulled out of his driveway when he struck a fire hydrant and then a tree. His wife told Windermere police she used a golf club to smash the back windows to help him out.
Authorities towed the Cadillac SUV that Woods was driving and have already documented the damage to the vehicle and the point of impact.
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